May 212015
 

This is the latest project in the Weekend Warrior blog post series, part of our quest to bring our customers unique products and offer creative ideas for DIY lighting projects around the house. 


How to create a kid's cozy book nook with reading light

For my Weekend Warrior project, I took a boring, ho-hum playroom corner and created a cozy and private reading area for my 9-year-old son, Max.

Here’s the deal:

I think every kid needs a place to call his own. A place to curl up and read an adventure novel on a rainy day, or just a place to escape pesky brothers. A book nook.

After lots of intense discussion, Max and I decided that his book nook needed a few crucial ingredients to make it the coolest-place-ever:

  • A small, cozy area with a comfy place to sit
  • Tons of interesting books with lots of super-hero action
  • A plug-in nearby for charging his Kindle
  • A reading light so he can read under his many future sheet-forts
  • Some pictures or posters to hang on the wall

Now:

We’ve already got most of the necessary ingredients for the perfect reading nook: a bookshelf full of interesting books, a cozy corner in the sitting area off of his bedroom, and an overstuffed bean bag. All we lacked was a reading light and some wall art.

A Cozy Corner, Before the Book Nook

Corners and closets are prime real estate for a cozy book nook.

How I chose the best reading light for our nook:

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May 142015
 

When Pegasus Lighting’s President Chris Johnson heard that his neighbor Greg had installed such a unique solution to his dark pantry problem, he knew it was perfect for our Weekend Warrior blog post series. The Weekend Warrior series is part of our quest to bring our customers unique products and offer creative ideas for DIY lighting projects around the house.  


Weekend Warrior blog series | Pantry LIghting

Written by guest blogger Greg Prospero

For years my family has struggled to deal with an unlit kitchen pantry. It was dark and deep leaving its contents shrouded in spooky mystery. You might reach in for a box of Oreo cookies and come out with a bag of dried organic snap peas. To avoid these frustrating mix-ups we resorted to using our iPhone flashlights or a small battery powered LED puck light – neither of which delivered satisfactory illumination of the pantry contents.

This DIY will explain how you can bathe your entire pantry in bright and uniform LED light whenever you open the door. The build is simple and low cost. There are only a few parts and the lighting is powered by 8 AA batteries that should power your lights for more than 15 hours.

Weekend Warrior Pantry lighting project | Before and After Continue reading »

May 072015
 

Today begins our newest series: Weekend Warrior. It’s part of our quest to bring our customers unique products and offer creative ideas for DIY projects around the house. This week we’re tackling one of our most innovative new products: The NETBRIGHT™ Wireless Motion Sensor Networked Spotlights. 


Weekend Warrior | Security Lighting Project

The Problem – lack of security lighting for rear of home.
The DIY solution I chose – Mr. Beams Netbright Wireless Spotlights.

I recently moved to a part of North Carolina where many of the homes in the area are vacation homes that are vacant throughout much of the year. Unfortunately, during the off-season months break-ins are common and I thought it would be wise to install security lighting around the perimeter of my home.

Currently, we have a fantastic motion sensor floodlight that gradually increases its light level installed at the front of my home. I have gotten into the habit of making excuses to walk near it just because I think it’s so cool.

Front floodlight image

My front entrance with existing floodlight

The back entrance of my home … not so much… Continue reading »

May 012015
 

The Weekend Warrior is a nod to DIY'ers everywhere.

May is National Home Remodeling Month, which seemed like the perfect time to dig out our tools and get to work on some helpful new lighting How-To’s for our readers.

What is a Weekend Warrior?

You live for the weekends. Not because you can’t wait to catch up on your favorite TV series or play another round of golf. You spend Monday through Friday longing for the two days a week that you can devote to hammering out yet another home improvement project.

About the Weekend Warrior Blog Post Series:

The Weekend Warrior blog post series is a celebration of the DIY’er. It’s part of the Pegasus Lighting quest to bring our customers unique products and offer creative ideas for Do-It-Yourself projects around the house. Continue reading »

Apr 302015
 

10 reasons mom might want a night light for mother's day

Peanut butter and jelly, baseball and summer, flowers and spring, Mother’s Day and night lights …Wait, what? OK so maybe it’s a stretch, but we think there are at least 10 reasons Mom might want a night light this Mother’s Day:

#1  To see the toy on the stairs that she’s about to trip over.

#2 To be ready for a game of flashlight tag at any moment.

#3 To detect motion when her teenager is trying to sneak out.

#4 To detect motion when her husband is trying to sneak to the fridge.

#5 To avoid sharing the bed with a scared-of-the-dark toddler.

#6 To add to her massive collection of seashell themed decor.

#7 To bring back the days of her disco dancing youth.

#8 To guide her to the restroom in a haze of sleep.

#9 To guide her steps to the car after her child tells her at 11:30pm that a project is due tomorrow.

#10 To navigate a stealthy, army-crawl exit from the nursery after the baby finally falls asleep.

Not convinced? That’s okay, we’ve got a few more ideas up our sleeve that can still make you a hero on Mother’s Day.

Apr 282015
 

According to Gifts.com, flowers are the most popular Mother’s Day gift. I love to get a vibrant colorful bouquet too, until a week or so later when the flowers have wilted and all reminders of my children’s undying devotion (sarcasm) is erased. My favorite flowers have always been the ones that I can enjoy for years.

Somewhere in my attic are a collection of faded and worn construction paper flowers, inscribed with the squiggly Mother’s Day messages of a determined young son just learning his letters. On my fridge, I still have a handprint Mother’s Day magnet from 2003:

handprint flower magnet

A Mother’s Day magnet with my son’s handprint flowers from 2003.

I would wager that in attics and on fridges around the world, many mothers have their own versions of these.

Why do we cherish these things and drag them from house to house over the years? For me it’s because they represent a love that is honest, innocent, and unhindered by the busyness and drama of adolescence and adulthood.

As an adult, there’s not much that you can give Mom to take the place of that tattered paper flower or smudged handprint tulip, but there are ways that you can celebrate your mom with gifts from the heart that bloom long after Mother’s Day has ended. Continue reading »

Apr 222015
 

Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrades may add value to your home, blog title image

You want every penny you spend to add value to your home, so when you’re considering selling how do you decide which upgrades are worth it? According to the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), 9 out of 10 people who are looking for a new home are more likely to choose an energy-efficient home. And, they are often willing to pay a little more for it.

The Most Wanted List

Source: NAHB.org, What Home Buyers Really Want

The graphic above represents the top 10 features that are important to home buyers, differentiated by the percentage of people that have to have it (orange), and those that would really like to have it (blue). This study begs the question – How many potential home buyers are marking your house off their list because it lacks some of these features?

It’s clear that energy efficiency is a highly sought after feature. When you’re looking for ways to reduce power use in your home, lighting is a great place to start. Here are some easy and cost-effective ways that you can make your home lighting more energy-efficient, and therefore more attractive to potential buyers.

Update Your Light Fixtures with LEDs

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) have revolutionized energy efficiency in the lighting industry. Aside from unscrewing a light bulb, upgrading your incandescent recessed light fixtures with LED retrofits is one of the easiest ways to update your lighting system. If you can change a light bulb, you can DIY this project. We even have a cheat sheet to help you choose the right one. Continue reading »

Apr 162015
 

Chromotherapy, the Healing Powers of Color and Light

“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.” – Oscar Wilde

Oscar wasn’t the first person to appreciate the power of color. Holistic healers have long heralded the combination of color and light as an effective method of treatment for a variety of mental and physical ailments. Chromotherapy (or Chromatherapy) is the marriage of these two methodologies. Simply put, it’s mood lighting.

You may be familiar with phototherapy or light therapy, a popular method of treatment for seasonal depression, insomnia, fatigue and a host of other maladies. Supporters of light therapy believe that deficiencies in daylight (say during winter months) can muck up our bodies’ natural clock, or circadian rhythm. Artificial light, when presented in measured ‘doses’ targets the deficiencies, leaving you with increased energy, wakefulness, and positive mood.

In addition to light, the psychology of color is thought to play a vital role in mental and physical health. Specific colors on the spectrum target different areas on the mind/body spectrum… Continue reading »

Apr 092015
 

Typically electricity and water don’t play well together, but modern technology has given birth to lights that can not only get wet, but be fully submerged underwater.

Color-changing capability, energy efficiency and custom lighting effects ramp up the cool-factor even more. There’s no end to their creative applications, but I’ve found that some people are prime candidates for these innovative lights.

RGB Invisiled Color Changing Tape Lights

Innovative outdoor LED tape lights like the InvisiLED can be fully submerged in water up to 5 feet deep and offer customizable color effects with a compatible controller.

This is really important! Note that there can be vast distinctions between the different lights that are labeled “wet location lights.” A light fixture that can withstand rain may not be able to withstand full immersion. It all comes down to a vitally important specification called an Ingress Protection Rating (or IP Code). For the purposes of today’s post, we’ll be talking about lights that are IP-68 rated. (Read more about that here.)

3 reasons to love waterproof LED color-changing tape lights…

1. You are a Moonlight Dipper

Mediterranean style swimming pool with purple LED lights

via Houzz

Late night swims after a hot summer day are incredibly relaxing. Late night swims with underwater color-changing LED tape lights? Magical. Installed in a pool or spa, the color and sequencing of the lights are fully customizable with an external remote. You may choose to dim them for a romantic evening plunge, or crank up the colors and speed for a midnight cannonball contest. Continue reading »

Apr 032015
 

Whether you have a spacious and expansive wraparound porch or a cozy stoop to welcome you inside, the front porch is the perfect place to establish a mood that flows throughout the home. Today I’ve rounded up a unique collection of front porch decorating ideas that celebrate the beauty of Spring with bright colors and endless charm.

Geometric Welcome Mat

Springtime is all about freshness and a world ablaze with color. This bright DIY welcome mat filters out both the dirt and the troubles of your day.

Repurposed Bud Vases

I’m a big fan of coming up with creative ways to reuse a light bulb, and these little bud vases made from old bulbs are a perfect example why. Group them together on a patio table or hang them from the porch rails. (If you’d rather not DIY these vases, check out what amazing artists are creating with light bulbs on Etsy.)

Front Porch Blossoms

Unique ways to display a bounty of your Spring flowers abound in these fresh front porch planter ideas that are anything but predictable. Continue reading »

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